Churchill Downs’ SARAH CONTARDO shares a favorite

Originally published April 2018.

Prospector’s Julep

2 ounces Woodford Reserve
¼ ounce Koval Ginger Liqueur*
¾–1 ounce lemon juice
½–¾ ounce honey syrup
Mint leaves

Place 8-10 mint leaves into the base of a julep cup. Add honey and lemon, muddle gently to release oils. Add ginger and Woodford. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with large bouquet of mint tops and skewered candied ginger.

*If we can’t use an outside ginger liqueur, we can make a ginger honey syrup or add juiced ginger to the mix. It’s a bit more prep, but executable.

This recipe was created by celebrity mixologist and founder of Crafthouse Cocktails, Charles Joly­–Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby.

See also Sarah’s recipe for her favorite Bourbon Pickled Peaches here.

See more EQ Living favorite recipes from around the horse world.


Sarah Contardo There are few American sporting events with the history, glamour, and tradition of the Kentucky Derby. As vice president of ticketing sales and strategy at Churchill Downs, Sarah connects derby and horse-racing fans with the perfect premium seats in the most exclusive areas of the racetrack. She works to help corporate and private groups choose luxury suites that offer the highest levels of hospitality and most magnificent views in professional sports. She also works closely with guests outside of the suites to select premium dining seats that allow them to enjoy the beauty and excitement of horse racing while experiencing the traditional Southern flavors of the track’s culinary creations. Whether working with large or small corporate groups, private parties or individuals, Sarah ensures that the Kentucky Derby and racing at Churchill Downs is a truly unforgettable experience for every guest.